Saturday, August 28, 2010

India Department of Telecom will complete 3G spectrum allocation on September 1

Indian government on August 27, 2010, said that it would allocate radiowaves to the companies who bid for them on September 1, 2010. During an Assocham event, Sachin Pilot, Union Minister of State for Communications and IT, said, "After September 1, 2010, allocation will take place and services will be rolled out."

Department of Telecom set September 1, 2010 as the deadline for allocating radiowaves as per schedule. The government procured Rs.67,000 crore through selling 3G spectrum. It raised over Rs.1.06 lakh crore from selling spectrum for 3G and broadband wireless.

However, the defense forces did not abandon spectrum in several areas as the government could not provide alternate network for them. Hence, many industry experts are not sure whether the government would be able to provide spectrum within said timeline.

Major operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications and others acquired 3G spectrum in selected zones and they are also confident over getting the spectrum by September. If everything goes according to plan then 3G services would be rolled out early next year.

Reliance Communication and Bharti Airtel said that their necessary network infrastructure is already in place and they are just waiting for the government to release the spectrum.

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